What is the Student Film Fest?

Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to present the first annual Student Film Fest for the 2022-2023 school year! Middle School, High School, and Higher Education students are invited to submit their own films of any genre, and winners in each category will receive awards and cash prizes. Attend the festival on March 11th, 2023, for film screenings, an awards ceremony, and an after-party with opportunities to network with film industry professionals.

Who is it for?

Students aged 11 and up – Middle School, High School, and Higher Education students are all eligible for different categories. Submissions will be accepted from students of any qualifying institution worldwide, but you must have a representee who is able to attend the awards ceremony for your film to be eligible for prizes.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, November 1st, 2022: Submissions open
  • Sunday, January 22nd, 2023: Submissions close
  • Saturday, March 11th, 2023: FIlm Festival – Screenings, Awards Ceremony and After Party @ NOR

Rules for Submission

  • Each film must be submitted with a completed entry form and video release form, signed by you (and a parent if you are under 18).
  • You must be at least 11 years of age to enter.
  • You must submit the name of your school and your grade level/year of study.
  • Films must be longer than 2 minutes and no longer than 10 minutes, including credits.
  • Films must be saved as an MP4 with a resolution of 1080 pixels or 4K.
  • All entries must include credits and an opening title.
  • Two film entries are allowed per director, and each film entry must have been created after January 1st, 2022.
  • Films may be submitted by co-directors.
  • All entries must be student-produced and may be a group effort or individual work.
  • Use of sound or video clips from other films, television shows, music videos, etc. within your submitted work is not permitted unless those clips are in the public domain or you have received written permission from the copyright holder. If you have obtained the rights to use a song, please submit documentation with your film.
  • Films must contain appropriate content for screening in a public space (PG13).
  • All films will be previewed for content.
  • The Film Festival will be held on March 11th, 2023, at Gwinnett County Public Library’s Norcross branch. To be eligible to win an award, you or a representative from your film must attend the awards ceremony.
  • We will not be able to show all of the videos submitted at the Film Festival.

Award Categories

  • Best Picture (Overall)*

Higher Education – College, University, and Post-Grad level

  • Best Picture*
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Film Editing

High School – 9th through 12th grade

  • Best Picture*
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Film Editing

Middle School – 6th through 8th grade

  • Best Picture*
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Film Editing
* Cash prizes awarded

Prizes

$250 for Best Picture in each category. Trophies and certificates for winners of each category.

Library Resources at GCPL for Filmmakers

The Gwinnett County Public Library has Learning Labs with many free resources to help filmmakers of all ages, including cameras, green screens, iMac stations with access to editing software, studio lights, and much more. Access to our Learning Labs is free with a library card. Out-of-county patrons can purchase a full-access library card for $40 a year.

Learning Lab Specialists are also on staff to help! Book-a-Librarian or book an appointment to use the labs at https://www.gwinnettpl.org/learninglabs

Have a question? Send us an email at learninglabs@gwinnettpl.org